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Grimes Family HistoryRecorded as Grim, Grimm, Grime and Grimes, this is an English surname. It is however ultimately of Norse-Viking pre 7th century origins, and the derivation is probably from the personal name "Grimr", which appears in the Olde Danish and Olde Swedish as "Grim". It was very popular in those areas of England influenced by Scandinavian settlements, particularly the north western and eastern counties. The Norse word was equivalent to the Olde English "grima", meaning a mask, and was one of the names given to the god Woden. As such it may mean "masked person" or "shape-changer" and was given to male children to encourage the god's protection...
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